Kuro Tarangire: Our full report
Kuro Tarangire is a delightful tented camp deep in Tarangire National Park, where fewer people reach.Although the rooms are substantial, and well thought out, the style is rustic with a focus on natural rather than luxurious. The tranquil setting is also a favourite for wildlife and animals often browse nearby.
We have visited Kuro on multiple occasions and have always been very impressed with the overall quality of the camp. This is unsurprising given that it is run by Nomad Safaris, which operates some of the best camps across Tanzania – including sister camps Lamai Serengeti, Serengeti Safari Camp and Entamanu Ngorongoro.
Kuro Tarangire is situated in a very pretty part of the park, with conveniently quick access from Kuro Airstrip for guests arriving by light aircraft. For those driving with a private guide, it is around a 2-3 hour drive from the main Tarangire Gate, depending on what you see en route. During our most recent visits in September and October, we saw a lot of wildlife on this drive including elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, lion and bat-eared fox.
The main area of the camp is a large, airy wood-and-thatch structure with a lounge to one side and dining area to the other. A shaded veranda, that runs the full length of the building and overlooks the lightly wooded surroundings, provides a lovely spot to enjoy the setting and wildlife that’s often nearby. On a previous visit we were lucky enough to enjoy lunch here while observing a large herd of elephants grazing just in front of us. The camp tells us that this outlook is one the elephants especially like to visit all year round!
The décor is typical of Nomad camps – very much in keeping with its surroundings but with thoughtful touches throughout. Heavy, rustic wooden furniture is offset with leather, sheepskin and cowhides in earthy brown and red tones. There is plenty of comfortable seating and a small selection of books, games and curios. The lounge and dining areas are separated by wooden partitions and the bar cabinet. A nearby bathroom has a wonderful view!
Kuro Tarangire Camp’s six rooms are spread out in a line, with three located either side of the main area, and far enough apart to feel private and secluded. There is one family unit, which comprises two interconnecting rooms, sleeping up to five people.
Rough hewn poles support a high thatched roof and walls are made of canvas. Enter the L-shaped room through a wooden stable door to find a mosquito net canopy over twin or king-size beds. As well as a small sofa at the foot of the bed, there is a writing desk and cowhide stool in one corner. Whitewashed and light wood furniture covered with soft furnishings in colourful pastels give a light, summery feel. A large veranda, set with director's chairs and a day bed, is well shaded.
The en-suite bathroom is extended to the side from the back of the room. Separated from the bedroom by a unique lattice screen is a dressing area and sink with mirror. Along a tiled stone corridor is the flushing toilet and bucket shower, each behind their own wooden partitions. At the end there is also an open-air outdoor shower, surrounded by a wooden baton screen for privacy. A selection of toiletries and fluffy towels are provided.
One of the benefits of staying at Kuro Tarangire Camp is that it is one of the few properties to offer a range of safari activities. As well as the usual daytime wildlife drives, bush walks and night drives are available. The former can be a real highlight of an otherwise vehicle-based safari trip. Walking safaris are included in the cost of your stay whilst night drives are extra; in 2020 night drives cost USD 59 per person. These are best booked in advance.
During our stay in 2017, we very much enjoyed a morning bush walk. After a tea or coffee and biscuits, we headed out from camp while the sun was still very low. We stopped regularly to investigate the smaller details that you often miss from a safari vehicle; spoor, animals tracks, and insects and plants of interest. We did not see a huge amount of game on this walk, and it isn't the focus, but we did spot eland, impala and giraffe. Two unusual highlights were a leopard tortoise and a Verreaux's eagle owl. We walked to a slight rise in the landscape, where a bush breakfast had been set up for us, and enjoyed a great spread as we watched a herd of elephants move through a wooded grove in the distance.
On a later trip, in September 2019, we went out on a night drive. Departing late afternoon, we enjoyed sundowner drinks on a rise overlooking a nearby marsh which attracts a lot of wildlife. As night fell, our guide used a spotlight to seek out nocturnal animals and we saw two serval, a handful of genet cats, white-tailed mongoose and scrub hare.
The dry season, from July to October, is considered the best time to visit Tarangire National Park as this is when the wildlife congregates around the river and marshes and there is so much to see. But it is also worth considering June and November to March for those keen on sharing the park with far fewer other visitors and with an interest in birds and flowers too. There is still a good amount wildlife around during this time.
The camp is closed during the heavy rains of April and May.
Despite being a camp with permanent rooms instead of traditional canvas tents, Kuro Tarangire retains the feel of a rustic bush camp, with its intimate set-up and an excellent team behind it. The clever design making the most of the surroundings and a great location make it one of the best options in this beautiful park, and a firm favourite of ours.
- Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
- Ideal length of stay
- Stay here for two to three nights to make the most of the area and try a walking safari and night drive as well as day drives.
- You can reach the camp by taking a three-to four-hour drive from Arusha with a private safari guide. Often your guide will take their time reaching camp to show you the best wildlife areas and stop for a picnic lunch on route. Alternatively, fly to Kuro Airstrip by light aircraft. It’s then about 20-minute game drive to camp.
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Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Food quality
- Our experience of the meals served at Kuro Tarangire Camp has been mixed. During our visit in October 2018 we very much enjoyed the food, which was up to the good standard we usually expect from all Nomad's camps. Upon our return in September 2019 the dinner was an unusual combination but tasted quite good. The focus is typically on simple, fresh, home-cooked meals which matches the camp's wholesome and rustic vibe.
Breakfast at camp is usually a simple buffet selection of fresh fruit and cereals. Follow this with eggs cooked to order and served with a choice of tomato, bacon and sausages. The meal is accompanied by fresh juice, tea and coffee – with a shot of Amarula available to spice up your coffee.
When we opted for a morning walk, this was followed by a bush breakfast. We were served fresh tea or coffee and juices, homemade bread and muffins, a selection of cereals and fruit, and the usual cooked breakfast items, cooked to order on a portable stove.
Lunch in camp is typically prepared as a buffet and guests eat at individual tables. On one visit we had a lovely light lunch of two types of pizza (vegetable or meat), apple and sunflower seed slaw, a leafy green salad, and a sweet potato and red onion salad. We finished our meal with fruit salad. It was fresh and plentiful. We thought it was particularly impressive that the camp bakes all its bread and pizza out in the bush kitchen!
Dinner is usually communal and hosted by one of the camp managers in the main dining area, however, on one visit, a table was set up in front of the main area, under the stars and lit by candlelight. After a drink or two by the campfire, we tucked into a light starter of a vegetable soup and bread roll, followed by breaded fish, a bean salad, couscous and mixed roasted vegetables. We finished with a delightful maple tart. On our most recent visit we really liked the pumpkin and coconut soup with fresh bread rolls. But we weren’t so sure about the pork chop served with vegetables, mushroom sauce and spaghetti. This was followed by orange cake and passionfruit sauce.
- Walking safaris
- Walking safaris from Kuro are a great way to explore a much less-visited side of Tarangire National Park. With the bonus of the chance of spotting big game, and often ending in a bush breakfast, it makes a lovely change to a safari from a vehicle.
- See ideas for Walking safaris
- Attitude towards children
- The camp welcomes families with older children.
- Property’s age restrictions
- The camp only accepts children aged 10 and over, although younger children could be accommodated at the discretion of management. Children need to be 12 years or over for the walking safaris.
- Special activities & services
- There are no special activities at Kuro Tarangire but the staff are happy to provide some simple entertainment where possible.
- Two of the rooms can be joined together to make a family unit, sleeping up to 5. In the other rooms it is possible to add a third single bed for a young child sharing with two adults.
- Generally recommended for children
- The intimate and secluded nature of the camp, along with the lack of child-friendly activities, means that it is much better suited to older children who can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and amuse themselves.
- This is a wild unfenced camp, with plenty of wildlife in the area, so children should be under constant parental supervision. Only children aged 12 and over are allowed on walking safaris.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Kuro Tarangire
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Kuro Tarangire have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- There is a back-up generator, so power is available 24 hours a day. There are charging points in the rooms and main area. Those in the main area are better for charging larger items. It is not possible to use a hairdryer at this camp as the power system cannot cope with the surge of power this requires.
- WiFi is available in the rooms with a reasonable speed. There is limited cellphone reception.
- TV & radio
- There is a TV in the staff quarters and guests are welcome to watch big sports matches here.
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- There are 25 litre bucket showers and flushing toilets in the rooms.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- The camp managers and guides are first-aid trained and there are first-aid kits both in the main camp area and the safari vehicles. The closest hospital is in Arusha, about two to three hours away.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- There are armed askaris (guards) on site and guests are escorted to and from rooms during hours of darkness. A two-way radio and airhorn is provided in each room for use in the event of an emergency.
- Fire safety
- There is a fire break around camp and fire extinguishers in all the rooms.
Guided walking safari
Hot air ballooning
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- Laundry is included, hand-washed and line dried. The camp does not wash ladies' underwear but there is washing powder provided in the rooms for personal hand washing.
- A lockable pouch is provided in each room for valuables; guests can choose to take this with them in the vehicles or have it put in the main camp safe. There is no currency exchange available.
- Accepted payment on location
- Payment is accepted in cash, or with Visa and Mastercard with a 3% surcharge.
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